The physician was identified in the criminal complaint only as "MD-1."
The pharmacist, Vladimir Kleyman, 42, of Lakewood, is the president and pharmacist in charge of
Prescriptions R US – a compounding pharmacy in Lakewood. He was charged with violating the federal
Anti-Kickback Statute by using a middle-man to provide repeated cash payments – totaling at least
tens of thousands of dollars – to the physician over the course of several months.
appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Clark III in Newark federal court Thursday afternoon, a statement from U.S. Attorney's office said.
According to the statement from the U.S. Attorney's office, pharmacy compounding describes the preparation of medication, using different types and dosages of drugs, in order to provide more personalized medications for patients. The compounded pain cream prepared by Prescriptions R US in this case contains several components, including ketamine, lidocaine, and diclofenac.
Authoities charge that a computer-generated document prepared by Kleyman or someone working with him, and
purporting to reflect the names of 63 patients for whom prescriptions for the pain cream had been sent
by the bribed physician referenced in the complaint, included at least 33 Medicare beneficiaries for
whom Prescriptions R US had received reimbursement from Medicare for prescriptions referrals from
the bribed physician.
In 2013, the complaint alleges, Prescriptions R US obtained more than $40,000 from Medicare alone in connection with filling prescriptions for the bribed physician referenced in the complaint – separate and apart from additional money Prescriptions R US obtained from other health care insurance providers.
In a series of meetings in November and December 2013, the unidentified employee
received more than $50,000 in cash or checks from Kleyman or Kleyman’s spouse – who also works at Prescriptions R US – with the understanding that the bulk of that money would be used to
bribe the physician to make prescription referrals to Prescriptions R US, authorities claim.